Stanislaw Lem's Trippiest Story Gets The "Bashir" TreatmentCharlie Jane Anders12/18/08 1:22pmFiled to: The Futurological CongressStanislaw LemMoviesWaltz with BashirAri Folman16EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkIf you thought A Scanner Darkly's surreal mix of live-action and animation could work really well in adapting satirist Stanislaw Lem, you're about to get your wish, courtesy of Waltz WIth Bashir director Ari Folman.Folman wants to make a full-length film of The Futurological Congress, one of Lem's weirdest stories. In Congress, Lem's traveler Ijon Tichy goes to the Futurological Congress in Costa Rica, where he has a series of weird hallucinations and stops being able to tell what's really going on. He goes to sleep (or does he?) and wakes up in the year 2039, when the world has become a utopia of free money and easy living — except that everybody's on weird drugs. Later, he goes even further forward in time and encounters a world where everybody's in denial about the coming of a new ice age. It's a classic of the "false utopia" sub-genre of science fiction.